20 days in Europe Itinerary

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Tallinn, Estonia
— 6 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights


Tallinn, Estonia — 6 nights

A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Tallinn is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: visit Tallinn Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tallinn trip website.

New Delhi, India to Tallinn is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Tallinn, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Tallinn: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musee Visionnaire Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Here are some ideas for day two: visit Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Tallinn to Zurich in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to Zurich is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tallinn in January, with highs in Zurich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Nice.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Nice, France — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso). There's lots more to do: visit Old Town, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nice online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Zurich to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in January, with highs in Nice at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Florence.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
Side Trips
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Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Piazza del Campo, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Florence holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Nice in January, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and delve into the distant past at Pantheon.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Rome sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Estonia travel guide

Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.